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Modest Mouse – “The Best Room”

On the heels of "Coyotes" and "Lampshades On Fire," Modest Mouse have shared "The Best Room," the penultimate track from their upcoming new album Strangers To Ourselves. The song's pretty political, taking issue with the degradation of Western civilization: "Let loose with your charms, go reckless unharmed, we all signed the card: 'Get well, but… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 12:02 am

Hear A Cleaned-Up Version Of James Mercer’s Pre-Shins Song “The Shins”

Flake Music, James Mercer's early-'90s project that served as a kind of precursor to the Shins, released their only album, When You Land Here, It's Time To Return, in 1997. Later this month, Sub Pop and Aural Apothecary will reissue the record, re-mixing and mastering elements of the original recording that Mercer had purportedly bee… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 13, 2014 - 10:34 am

J Mascis – “Every Morning” Video (Feat. Fred Armisen)

You keep thinking Fred Armisen's schedule is so busy that he'll have to stop appearing in random indie rock music videos, but no, he never does. Yesterday, Armisen's buddy J Mascis, the Dinosaur Jr. guitar hero, released a beautifully weary solo album called Tied To A Star. And now Armisen and Mascis are co-starring i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 9:33 am

30 Rock Stars Discuss Their Favorite Smiths Songs

By my count, the Smiths only recorded 74 songs during their brief, brilliant career, so the concept of choosing their 30 greatest seems kind of dubious: That's two-fifths of their catalog! Just the same, a new feature in Uncut promises "The Smiths' 30 greatest songs -- as chosen by the band and their famous fans."… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 14, 2014 - 11:41 am

Watch Broken Bells Live On Letterman Webcast

James Mercer may have reactivated the Shins long enough to record "So Now What," their song for the soundtrack to Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, but he's still keeping busy with Broken Bells, his duo with Danger Mouse. Last night, they were the musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, where they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 11:53 am

Watch Broken Bells Take “Control” To Conan

Broken Bells are in California and between Coachella weekends, and amazingly enough, Danger Mouse is not using the moment to produce another kinda-flat album for another arena-rock band. Instead, he and James Mercer appeared on last night's episode of Conan, performing "Control," an icy early-'80s-style rocker from their new album After The Disco. Their stage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 8:49 am

Watch Broken Bells Play Fallon

James Mercer and Danger Mouse stopped by Fallon last night to perform a shimmering, low-key version of "Holding On For Life," the lead single their second album as Broken Bells. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / March 8, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Watch Broken Bells Cover The Beatles On Letterman

Danger Mouse, one half of Broken Bells, first found fame for mashing up Jay-Z with the Beatles on the bootleg release The Grey Album, and last night on Letterman, he went back to his roots. Broken Bells were the first band to perform on Letterman's Beatles week, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles making… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 9:24 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Baio Remix)”

Keep up, if you can, with all the side-project stuff happening in this post. Broken Bells, if they can still be called a side project, are the side-project duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse. Meanwhile, for his own side project, Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio DJs and produces lush, tropical dance… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 9:21 am

Watch Broken Bells Play Kimmel

Broken Bells will release their second album, After The Disco, next week, on the heels of two singles, the title track and "Holding On For Life." James Mercer and Danger Mouse stopped by Jimmy Kimmel to perform those two songs, and you can watch both of them below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 30, 2014 - 11:30 am

Q&A: Broken Bells’ Danger Mouse And James Mercer On The Making And Meaning Of After The Disco

With After The Disco, the sprawling and ambitious sophomore effort they'll release next week, Shins frontman James Mercer and superproducer Danger Mouse cement their band Broken Bells as more than just a way to pass the time between other projects -- and their other projects are legion. Mercer is coming off a year of promoting… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2014 - 11:06 am

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life (Nick Zinner Remix)”

Broken Bells, the duo of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer-to-the-stars Danger Mouse, will drop their sophomore LP After The Disco next month, and the two songs we've heard, "Holding On For Life" and the title track, promise bigger beats and slicker textures. If Broken Bells are now making something approaching dance music, then it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

Watch Broken Bells Perform “The Changing Lights” For La Blogothèque

Next month, Broken Bells, the side-project duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, will release their sophomore album After The Disco. We've already posted the title track and "Holding On For Life," and both of those are very slick and produced songs. So it's nice to see the duo taking part in french… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Broken Bells – “After The Disco”

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, are close to releasing their new album After The Disco, and we posted the LP's first single "Holding On For Life" a while back. The duo has now shared the album's title track, and it's a light, lithe pop groove -- one not… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life” Video (Feat. Kate Mara & Anton Yelchin)

Broken Bells, the duo of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, return early next year with their sophomore album After The Disco, and they've brought out some big guns in the short-film video for their first single "Holding On For Life," the second part of a story that started here. The clip stars Kate… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

Broken Bells, the side-project of Danger Mouse and the Shins' James Mercer, recently revealed they will release their sophomore album After The Disco in January with a teaser video and an eponymous short film. Today we get our first full taste of the music that's to come by way of theremin-imbued first single "Holding O… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / November 4, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Broken Bells – After The Disco Short Film Part One: Angel And The Fool

Last month Broken Bells, the team of Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, teased their sophomore LP After The Disco with a panoramic video. Now comes one in a normal shape, the first chapter of an After The Disco short film penned by Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), starring Anton Yelchin and Kara Mara,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Broken Bells Tease New Album After The Disco

Broken Bells, the team of serial collaborator Danger Mouse and Shins frontman James Mercer, released their self-titled debut in March of 2010 and followed with the Meyrin Fields EP a year later. Since then, Danger Mouse has overseen albums by the Black Keys, Norah Jones and Portugal. The Man and entered the studio with U2… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 8, 2013 - 11:30 am

Watch Aimee Mann & James Mercer on Kimmel

On last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Aimee Mann served as musical guest, and she didn't come alone. She and Shins frontman James Mercer duetted on "Living A Lie," an expertly crafted sad-couple lament from Mann's new album Charmer. And as an online bonus, she also played recent single "Labrador." Watch both performances below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2012 - 8:54 am

James Mercer Does Marc Maron’s WTF

On his often-great WTF podcast, comedian Marc Maron has rambling, fascinating conversations with two guests a week -- usually fellow stand-up comics or sketch-comic types. Lately, though, he's interviewed a few musicians, like Nick Lowe, and Carrie Brownstein, all of whom have at least some connection to the comedy world. Shins frontman James Mercer ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2012 - 9:55 am
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